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  • #46
    When they threw that thing overboard, the maker probably got thrown off with it. After realizing that it was flawed, I'm sure somebody was pissed- but I don't suppose we'll ever know the whole story. I'm in awe of the skill that went into designing and making it- but I'm not overly awed by the idea that the intelligence wasn't around then. All that's changed from then til now is the materials and machinery we have- the cleverness is something that I believe has always been a part of mankind. You kind of pull it in from the ether- it doesn't have to be part of the human makeup with the brain and all, so a simple brain could have had the same ability to be inspired to make such a thing. Not everybody would take their thinking in that direction- some people are amazing artists, which I can't explain in any physical way either. People don't paint any better now than they did way back then-
    I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Bented View Post
      .........
      If someone in 0020 found a smartphone manufactured in 2020 how would they describe it?
      As a funny looking mirror.

      It would not do anything, since as usual, the battery would have run out, and in 0020 no charger!
      CNC machines only go through the motions

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      • #48
        Heck in 0020 it would not have taken a smart phone,,, I have a plastic bottle that contained 8oz of orange juice im saving to recycle,,, it's got a massive stylish green cap and the bottle is also very stout, it's got that triple thread design goes on with a twist in almost any starting position, the thing is a marvel and if taken care of would probably last 50 years yet we use it for about 5 minutes then toss it in the landfill,

        I guarantee you if you owned this bottle back then you would reach god like status....

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        • #49
          Maybe the original, if it is the original and not the second, third, etc. iteration, was made prior to the earth's last ice-age, asteroid strike, shifting of the magnetic poles, some cataclysmic event that reset the evolutionary clock to zero.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
            I guarantee you if you owned this bottle back then you would reach god like status....
            sounds like the premise for an '80's Steve Martin movie
            in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post

              sounds like the premise for an '80's Steve Martin movie
              Good memory lol

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post

                sounds like the premise for an '80's Steve Martin movie
                Or this movie: https://moviesanywhere.com/movie/the-gods-must-be-crazy

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                • #53
                  Just when a guy thinks he had an original thought

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post
                    too funny, forgot about that one. I'd say that makes 1984 about when Hollywood completely ran out new ideas
                    in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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